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Quaker Tapestry, Kendal

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The Quaker Tapestry consists of 77 panels illustrating the history of Quakerism from the 17th century to the present day. The idea of Quaker Anne Wynn-Wilson, the tapestry has a permanent home at the Friends Meeting House at Kendal, Cumbria, England.

The design was heavily influenced by the Bayeux Tapestry, and includes similar design choices, including three horizontal divisions within panels, embroidered outlines for faces and hands, and solid infilling of clothing, which is embroidered in the Bayeux technique. The tapestry is worked in crewel embroidery using woollen yarns on a handwoven woollen background. In addition to using four historic and well-known stitches (split stitch, stem stitch, chain stitch and Peking knot), Wynn-Wilson invented a new corded stitch, known as Quaker stitch, to allow for tight curves on the lettering.

Each panel measures 25 inches (64 cm) wide by 21 inches (53 cm) tall.

4,000 men, women and children from 15 countries worked on the panels between 1981 and 1989.

Panels have been toured in traveling exhibitions including a North American tour in 1993/1994. An exhibition of 39 panels in Ely Cathedral in 2012 attracted 11,273 visitors during its 27-day stay.
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  • We visited the exhibition to escape the rain and found that we absolutely loved it - even my husband! The tapestries were stitched beautifully and depicted the history of the Quakers, developments in....  more »
  • A beautiful place and our second visit was even better, the staff are so kind and the tapestries are exquisite.  more »
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  • The tapestry is amazing; to be able to see it so up close was great. The museum itself has lots of information on Quakers and how they have contributed to society over the years with effects still felt, as well as a video demo on how the tapestry panels were seen. I couldn't resist buying a kit to have a go myself. The audio guide is included in the price, and offers extra information on some of the panels--to have commentary on all 40 would be overwhelming, I think, do this is a nice balance.
  • Loved the historical experience! I was inspired to do new tapestry for Quaker involvement in founding international nonprofits like Amnesty International, Oxfam...

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